Non-family Staff Peer Network: Wearing Many Hats with One Head - Difficult Choices as a Staff Member
NCFP's Non-family Staff Peer Network, chaired by Kelly Chopus of the Robins Foundation, is designed for senior level non-family staff members who are Friends of the Family of the National Center for Family Philanthropy. Build a network of your peers facing the unique challenges, complications, and joys that are inherent in this role.
Non-family staff members tend to wear many hats – they are responsible for balancing multiple aspects of their foundation’s growth, sustainability, goals, and overall culture. For a small foundation staff and particularly for a sole foundation staff member, prioritizing and making difficult decisions are necessary to be sure all work gets accomplished. Join NCFP’s Non-family Staff Peer Network to consider the many difficult choices staff members face and how your peers respond to their own organizational needs.
Kelly Chopus is a social responsibility and philanthropy executive with extensive experience in strategic external relations, corporate giving and community building. She currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Robins Foundation in Richmond, Virginia, where she is responsible for the operations, management and grant making for the one of the region’s largest family foundations. She has been in the role since September 2013.
Most recently Chopus served as Director of Community Relations for Fortune 500® aerospace and defense manufacturer, Goodrich Corporation in Charlotte, N.C. There, she supervised all global philanthropy, community relations and volunteerism. She also served as Vice President of Business Operations for the former WNBA Charlotte Sting from 2002-2005 and as an Associate Producer for the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympiad.
In September 2012, Chopus was awarded the 2012 Mover and Shaker Award by Business Leader Magazine. In 2013, The Mecklenburg Times named her one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Charlotte, N.C. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards, task forces and committees across the country, including a board membership for Association for Corporate Contributions Professionals and the U S Airways Education Foundation. Most recently she was elected to the board of directors for the Southeastern Council on Foundations in Atlanta, Georgia and to the Friends of the Family Committee of the National Center for Family Philanthropy in Washington, DC.
She is the proud wife of a non-profit executive and the mother of three smart, funny and compassionate teenagers.
What participants said:
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